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Do you know what your children are learning? Some parents
make immersing themselves in their children’s education their personal
mission. which means some parents may find their local public school lacking when it comes to the whole matter of their child's education. There are other options, if you're the kind of parent who is ready, and willing, to put in time and effort (and sometimes money) to make a change. These five alternative education styles may be the remedy for the mom who
is wholly dedicated to being a catalyst for the development of her child’s
The different methods of homeschooling are as varied as the
children who participate. Most parents who choose homeschooling do so to become
more involved in their child’s education, which they believe may be thwarted by
the lack of one-on-one attention offered in traditional schooling. Parents who
homeschool often follow the suggested curriculum from their child’s school
district and teach the same lessons at home in an environment where they can
help to fully engage their children in their studies without the social
distractions of public or private schooling.
Parents attracted to this particular method of education are
often parents who have had unsatisfactory experiences with their own education
or those who have witnessed a lull in the satisfaction of their child’s school performance. This heavily involved remedy to the dissatisfaction with
traditional schooling pushes the parent to become the primary teacher which
allows the child to be exposed to the world according to the parent’s worldview.
Parents of children with behavioral issues or children who
are determined to have developmental issues are likely to choose this form of
educating for their children because they feel that their child needs a loving,
guided experience that only a devoted parent can offer.
Unschooling is an alternative education style that suggests
that students learn primarily through life experiences. Real life experiences—including play, household responsibilities,
internships and work experience, travel, books, family members and social interaction—are all used to help the
mold the child. Unschooling is often viewed as an extension of homeschooling, yet the difference is that unschoolers do not follow the set curriculum and
standards of traditional schools in the same way that the majority of parents
who homeschool do.
Unschooling is popular among parents who have the time to
devote to monitoring and participating in their child’s early development. While
unschooling parents encourage their children to engage in a diverse range of
life experiences, they actively participate; ensuring that their child learns
valuable life lessons throughout each experience.
Children who engage in Green Schooling are often more aware of their eco footprint on the environment
A Democratic education is one that promotes the student’s
ability to make decisions and express their concerns when it comes to how they
are being educated. While the normal
student in the United States is taught to follow the rules and guidelines set
by authority figures, a student involved in a Democratic school has an equal
voice alongside teachers and administrators concerning matters of course work,
instructor selection and administrative decisions.
A Democratic education is a valuable choice for parents who
wish to raise children who believe their opinions matter. These children will
blossom into adults who take action when they encounter a situation that is
detrimental to their well-being because they will believe their input will help
change the situation.
A Green School is a viable option for parents whose aim is
to make the world a better place. By planting seeds of awareness and cohesion
between this planet and its inhabitants, parents who seek out Green School as
the primary method for educating their children are actively preparing for the
legacy they will leave behind.
Green Schools appeal to parents because of the small class
sizes and teaching experiences that revolve around everyday interaction with
the world. Children who engage in Green Schooling are often more aware of their
eco footprint on the environment as well as culturally aware of the many
reasons to celebrate our differences.
Montessori schools have been a widespread educational tool
in the United States. Dr. Maria Montessori’s theory that self-directed learning
is the best method to educate students stems from her belief that children are
not born as "blank slates" and are instead innately equipped with a natural penchant
for learning that traditional education systems do not support.
In a Montessori school students are free to explore the
interests and lessons that they value the most while the teacher observes. Grades, tests and other forms of
educational measurement are not found in Montessori schooling; quelling the
highs and lows that competitive education garners.
Parents who see the value in Montessori schools report that their children develop an eager love for learning and are more likely to
specialize in one specific area that brings them joy and satisfaction,
ultimately resulting in grooming them into a young adult who is much more
confident and happier with his life choices. Google Co-Founders Sergey Brin
and Lawrence Page are both products of Montessori schools.